Episode 020 – A Thank You, and Interview With Marine Scientist, Dr. Ellen Prager

Things have been hectic over the last few weeks for all of us here at ‘Stop. Think. Science!’, and we apologize for this episode being late. We hope that you enjoy it regardless of the late release!

First off, we just want to thank you for listening. We never actually thought that we would start a podcast, let alone make it to 20 episodes. The support we have received is great, and we love every single time we hear from you. We would love to hear more! Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think as we would love to make our episodes better!

Our interview today is with expert marine scientist Dr. Ellen Prager.

Today we have Dr. Ellen Prager who is a marine scientist involved in many areas including freelance writing, science communication, science consulting, and is a safina center fellow. Throughout her career she has held positions at many different marine science facilities including the Aquarius Reef Base in Key Largo, Florida, the Sea Education Association (SEA) in Woods Hole, MA, the National Undersea Research Center in the Bahamas and in addition spent time as the Assistant Dean at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Ellen is a rockstar marine scientist and we are excited to hear about some of her thoughts and experiences!

We chat about her journey exploring the oceans, and learning about marine science. In addition, she tells us a little about the book project she is working on.

Her favorite books:

How to follow Ellen!

We hope you enjoyed this episode. Let us know what you think by leaving a review on iTunes, leaving a comment below, or sending us an email at show@stopthinkscience.com!

Episode 019: A discussion on Scientific Communication with Dr. Jim Woodgett

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Jim Woodgett about some of the major challenges that scientists face in effectively communicating what they do.

Dr. Jim Woodgett is the Director of Research, and Senior Investigator of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital. His current work involves modifying cellular processes in an attempt to discover new treatments for debilitating diseases such as cancer, and diabetes. Jim is also interested in the dynamics of scientific communication. We as scientists don’t always communicate our ideas and research to the public in the best ways, so this is something that is important to think and talk about. This week, we decided that we would try and broach the subject.  

The flow of the episode generally follows some of the points from his powerpoint on slideshare, that was given at York University.

We chat about:

  1. How science is made to look exciting in the media
    1. How does this effect public opinion of science?
  2. Shows like CSI
  3. The perception that science changes its mind often
  4. How scientists seem to be a subset of the elite, and they they are in the pockets of big companies
  5. Retraction of scientific journal articles
  6. Vaccines!
  7. Talk about science at Thanksgiving! It can be fun, and you can quickly educate family members.

We enjoyed our chat with Dr. Woodgett, and hope that you do as well!

If you liked what you heard, let us know! We are always looking for comments and questions so that we can better talk about what you are interested in!

Until next week!

Episode 018 – STS Update, Ep. 019 Preview

This week is a quick one, as there are transitions happening currently.

Ian is off while he moves apartments (and puts together a new ‘studio’ space.)

Meanwhile, Greg hosts a preview for Ep. 019 where we chat with Dr. Jim Woodgett. It was fun episode, so be on the lookout next week!

Sorry for the lack of an episode, but we will be back next week!

Thanks to Mars P. on Flickr for the cover image.

Episode 017 – SPECIAL: #RealTimeChem Week and #OldTimeChem Episode

This is a bit early for our normal weekly release, but we wanted to make sure that we had it up for #RealTimeChem week! Go check out the hashtag on Twitter, there is a lot of activity this week! So many chemists giving you insight into what they do on a daily basis!

This episode is kind of a shooting-the-breeze kind of conversation. John and Ian chat with Dr. PJ Persichini (Ian’s advisor from undergrad) who is a Associate Professor at Allegheny College. Prior to heading to graduate school PJ spent a couple years at AlliedSignal doing chlorofluorocarbon replacement chemistry. He has some fun stories from the old(er) days!

Let us know what you thought of our chat, and don’t forget to check out some of our other episodes if you are new here!

Finally, if you liked it (or any of our episodes), please SHARE with a friend(s)!

Thanks to O. Usher (UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences) for releasing the cover photo under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License!

Episode 016 – All About Glass! With Mike Tylinski

Its time for another episode! This week we have Mike Tylinski on the show!

Mike graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with his BA in Chemistry, and currently is a 5th year PhD candidate in Materials Chemistry in Professor Mark Ediger’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studies the properties of stable and ordinary glasses of small organic molecules, focusing on learning how to control the transformation between glasses and their supercooled liquids. He prepares his glasses using physical vapor deposition under ultra high vacuum (space!..almost) and characterizes them using nanocalorimetry and dielectric spectroscopy. He ultimately aspires to be a chemistry professor at a small liberal arts college.

Mike shares with us his knowledge about glasses, and the applications to our world!

His recommended book for this week is: A Short History of Nearly Everything

If you have any questions for Mike, send them our way! We can pass them on to Mike, an get you an answer!

This was pretty cool, huh? Share it with a friend!

The cover image is made available to us by Garry Knight through a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License

Episode 015 – The Nobel Rundown

We have a short episode for you this week, but we will be back next week with another interview!

This week John and Ian run through the 2015 Nobel Prizes in the following categories:

  1. Medicine
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry

Hope you enjoy! If you have any questions let us know!

And if you like what we are doing, subscribe on iTunes, and share us with a friend!

The cover image is made available to us by Solis Invicti through a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License

Episode 014 – Accelerating the Aging of Bourbon with Tom Lix (Cleveland Whiskey)

We are pleased to release this episode with Tom Lix, owner and CEO of Cleveland Whiskey! We had planned on waiting to release this one, but were super excited about it… So here it is!

Tom is an experienced entrepreneur who left corporate America and the University behind when he founded Cleveland Whiskey. His revolutionary accelerated aging process is designed to take whiskey from distillery to bottle at a rate that gives his competitors whiplash. People have called him a heretic and his Pressure Aging process sacrilegious, but he’s been hugely successful and is putting his entrepreneuristic spirit to good use! His distillery has been visited by the president, and been covered by many major news outlets both locally and nationally. Their most recent new product Cleveland Underground: Black Cherry recently won a 2015 MicroLiquor Gold Medal for Taste.

Tom is the perfect example of the American Dream. He took his idea from the basement of his house, to a real product sitting on the shelves of stores through 12 states. We talk about:

  • Cleveland Whiskey as a Technology company
  • The accelerated aging process
  • Tom’s passion as an amateur chemist, and the story behind Cleveland Whiskey
  • Tom’s day-to-day
  • The nimble technology of Cleveland Whiskey
  • The startup spirit behind the company

There is a lot of good discussion in this episode, so check it out! Cleveland Whiskey is Greg approved! and their process is super awesome!

You can learn more at www.clevelandwhiskey.com.

If you liked what you heard in this episode, we would love for you to share it with your friends! 

We will catch you next week!


Episode 013 – Undergraduate Science Labs, Research, and Safety

Another week, another episode! Thanks for joining us!

This past week we had a discussion with John Milligan, and Dr. Ryan Van Horn about undergraduate science education, and lab safety.  There isn’t much to say here, other than that this is a slightly new format. Let us know if you have any comments about it!

Otherwise, if you have questions for anyone you hear in the episode, send them over to show@benchspace.net. Thanks for listening!

P.S.: If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend!



Episode 012 – Why Do Sharks Matter? With David Shiffman

It’s time for another episode Stop. Think. Science! Nation!

This week we have shark expert David Shiffman on the show!

David Shiffman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy studying shark biology and conservation. In his professional career David has dedicated himself to educating others about sharks, marine biology and ocean conservation through scientific outreach. He has blogged for SouthernFriedScience.com since 2009, which is one of the most widely read ocean science blogs on the internet, and has conducted numerous talks for school and community groups in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania.. In recognition for his dedication to teaching others all about the ocean, he was named the Marine Science Educator of the Year in 2014 by the Florida Marine Science Educator’s Association.

In this episode, we chat about:

  • What does David do?
  • Where did his love for sharks stem from?
  • What differentiates a shark from a fish
  • What is up with The Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’?
  • How does David do his research?
  • Plenty of other random shark questions we had!

David recommended two books in case you are interested in learning more!

And finally, you can connect with David through his social media:

If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the podcast, send them over to us and we will answer them, find the answer, or ask David!

If you liked this podcast… PLEASE share it with a friend! We would be super grateful!

Episode 011 – Science Advocate, Humorist, and Author: Dave Zobel

Hey Stop. Think. Science! Nation. We have an excellent interview with science writer, and humorist Dave Zobel to share with you today!

A little about Dave:

Dave is a Computer Science Graduate of Caltech.  Throughout his career he been a part of numerous science education radio shows, and programs including documentaries by G4 and Discovery. Currently, he is a freelance science writer and humorist who is working to make science fun and approachable. In addition he is on the executive board of Trash for Teaching, a non-profit that takes refuse from the manufacturing industry, and repurposes it into materials for hands on work in the class room. In June of 2015, his book ‘The Science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand’ was released.

In this episode we talk about:

  1. Dave’s job as a science writer, and communicator
  2. His new book: The Science of TV’s the Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand
  3. Where his idea for the book came from
  4. How the science in the show is so accurate
  5. Dave’s role in the non-profit Trash for Teaching

Dave is a pretty cool guy, and if you want to follow up with him on anything you heard, check him out:

Otherwise, any questions you may have can be directed to us. We will answer every question that comes in. If we can’t answer it, we will ask our expert guest, or find the answer somewhere!

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